April, 2020 - I think I'm going to shut From My Bookshelf down for a while; maybe for good. I've been putting this together for quite a few years now and it's starting to feel a bit more of a chore. I'll keep my Goodreads connected, but with the state of the world right now, I just want to read without worrying about making sure I post something about it. Who knows - when the world starts to make some semblance of sense again, I may start actively posting here again. Until then, as always, happy reading!

Thursday, June 17, 2021

My Brother's Husband, Vol 1 by Gengoroh Tagame

My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 My Brother's Husband, Volume 1 by Gengoroh Tagame
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

When Yaichi’s twin brother, Ryoji, passes away, he is forced to confront his past when Ryoji’s widower, Mike, comes to visit. Mike wants to learn about his husband’s life, but comes to understand how little homosexuality is accepted in Japan. Yaichi, through his interactions with Mike and Mike’s growing friendship with Yaichi’s daughter, Kana, begins to understand that maybe he was too harsh and unaccepting of his brother’s life and starts to reshape his views about homosexuality. Dealing strongly with the homophobia and struggle of self-acceptance in Japanese culture, this is still ultimately a story of hope. I’m looking forward to reading the next volume.

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